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SEC Issues Proposed Rules to Modernize and Simplify Regulation S-K

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The SEC has proposed amendments to Regulation S-K and related rules and forms. The proposed amendments are based on SEC staff recommendations in a report that was required by Section 72003 of the Fixing America’s Surface...more

Pennsylvania Court Holds Fiduciary Duty Exists Only Where Consumer Cedes Decision-Making Control to the Fiduciary

by Carlton Fields on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently held in Yenchi v. Ameriprise Financial, Inc. that a financial adviser owed no fiduciary duty to a couple who purchased a life insurance policy based on the adviser’s advice where they...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Despite a stronger global economic outlook than we’ve seen in years, the world’s central bankers appear loath to let go of stimulus measures while lower-than-expected inflation bedevils them....more

PE in Indonesia – a vibrant market

by Hogan Lovells on

Indonesia is gaining popularity among both regional and international private equity funds. Demographics and economic forces increasingly portray Indonesia as a 'must-be-in' market....more

Certified Financial Planner Board Proposes Fiduciary Obligations for All CFP Financial Advice

by Carlton Fields on

In June, the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board released proposed revisions to its standards of professional conduct that would require CFPs to adhere to a fiduciary standard at all times when providing any "financial...more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting a Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #2 - Q&As on Annuity Sales Practices,...

by Carlton Fields on

Last month, we wrote about potential litigation issues under the “revised temporary” DOL Rule involving the offer and sale of annuities in the IRA market. This paper continues that discussion. I emphasize to the reader that...more

The Fiduciary Rule Status Update

by Carlton Fields on

On April 8, the Department of Labor published the so-called "Fiduciary Rule." It defines who is an employee benefit plan’s "fiduciary" for purposes of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal...more

SEC Fines Director $25,000 for Two Missed Section 16 Filings

In a settled enforcement action, the SEC assessed a civil money penalty against a director of Medient Studios, Inc. for two missed Section 16 filings. But there was really only one transaction that was missed. One was a...more

Simplification of Regulation S-K - Proposed Rules

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The SEC has proposed a series of amendments to modernize and simplify disclosure requirements for public companies, investment advisers and investment companies, particularly those disclosure requirements under Regulation...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

HSBC’s making good on its plans to shift to a focus on Asia by naming John Flint—who spent his first 14 years at the bank in Asia—as its new CEO. Flint will take over from Stuart Gulliver in February....more

A Strategic Approach To Launching A New Fund

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Many managers have portable track records from prior firms that they can legally use to market their new funds. This means that the manager owns the rights to the supporting data and that the strategy and decision-makers are...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

France Welcomes Foreign and Alternative Capital Providers with Latest Reform of Finance Sector - Long a cornerstone of the French banking system, the "French banking monopoly" largely prevents non-bank entities from...more

SEC’s Chairman Makes Changes After the Agency’s Latest Cyber-Attack

by Burr & Forman on

The Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has been busy the last couple months on the cyber front. On September 20, the SEC announced a renewed focus on cybersecurity efforts and disclosed that it had been a victim of a...more

Wild West No Longer: The SEC Brings Enforcement Actions Against Two Initial Coin Offerings

Ending months of speculation about when regulators would wade into the world of Bitcoin and other digital currencies, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently brought its first enforcement actions against...more

PCAOB Issues Alert on New Revenue Recognition Standard

The PCAOB has issued an alert to discuss certain significant matters relating to the application of PCAOB standards relevant to auditing the implementation of the new accounting standard for revenue from contracts with...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - October 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a paper from on the proposed draft elements for an international...more

Nevada Securities Act Amendments – What’s Next?

by Carlton Fields on

Over the summer, much was written about amendments to the Nevada Securities Act provisions governing financial planners, which became effective July 1, after being signed by the Governor on June 2....more

SEC Issues Proposed Rules to Modernize and Simplify Regulation S-K

The SEC has proposed amendments to Regulation S-K and related rules and forms. The proposed amendments are based on SEC staff recommendations in a report that was required by Section 72003 of the Fixing America’s Surface...more

SEC Stays Approval of Quadruple-Leveraged ETF

by Carlton Fields on

On May 25, 2017, the SEC stayed a May 2 order issued by the Division of Trading and Markets, acting for the SEC pursuant to delegated authority, that would have permitted the listing and trading of shares of the first...more

SEC Scrutinizes Multi-Manager Arrangements

by Carlton Fields on

Many mutual funds implement their investment strategies through "multi-manager" (also called "manager of manager") arrangements, particularly funds used to support variable life insurance and annuity products. Among other...more

Foreign Investment in China: An Introduction

China presents some of the world’s most exciting opportunities, and a unique set of cultural, legal and political challenges. It has a distinct legal regime that in many respects cannot be understood by direct reference to...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Goldman’s deal-making advising is sputtering a bit these days, so Lloyd and the gang are working on generating some of those deals themselves through a new Innovations Lab internal venture....more

Failure To Comply With Plan Technicality Causes US Securities Law Violation

by Dechert LLP on

Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 prohibits the sale of a security unless a registration statement is in effect. This prohibition on the sale of unregistered securities does not apply to exempt transactions. One such...more

SEC Investor Advocate’s 2018 Objectives Target Key Issues for Life Insurers

by Carlton Fields on

On June 29, the SEC’s Office of the Investor Advocate released a report that prioritizes addressing the inconsistency in the standard of care applicable to broker-dealers (a suitability standard) versus investment advisers (a...more

SEC Cautions on Use of Distributed Ledger/Blockchain Technology to Raise Capital

by Carlton Fields on

In July, the SEC issued a report addressing the applicability of U.S. federal securities laws to the offer and sale of securities by "virtual corporations or capital raising entities that use distributed ledger or blockchain...more

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